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The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (ARCA) is the UK’s leading asbestos removal association, representing the interests of asbestos removal contractors and associated businesses.

ARCA is the first port of call for anyone seeking an asbestos removal contractor to safely remove asbestos. The Association has over 300 members and are the UK’s genericclomid.net leading provider of asbestos removal training courses.

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CITB Skills and Training Fund available for 2020/2021

Now medium-sized employers are eligible for funding

The CITB Skills and Training Fund is now available to medium-sized employers, as well as small-sized, who are eligible for this extra incentive for delivering training for business improvement.

Meaning that small sized businesses can apply for up to £10,000 and medium sized  businesses can apply for up to £25,000, for training and qualifications you are planning over the next 12-months.

This funding is in addition to CITB Grants, and available towards qualifications, such as NVQs and training for asbestos removal operatives, supervisors and managers.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis the CITB has expanded the fund to support business sustainability, that is, the delivery of contingency plans or changed training needs resulting from the crisis.

Who can apply and what is available?

Small sized businesses can apply if CITB-registered, less than 100 directly employed staff and previous funding has been completed. Please note that an employer can only apply for this funding once every 12 months.

  • Employers with 1-49 directly employed staff can receive up to £5,000
  • Employers with 50-74 directly employed staff can receive up to £7,500
  • Employers with 75-99 directly employed staff can receive up to £10,000

Medium sized businesses can apply if, CITB-registered, between 100 and 250 directly-employed staff, and previous funding has been completed. Please note that an employer can only apply for this funding once every 12 months.

  • Employers with 100-149 directly employed staff can receive up to £15,000
  • Employers with 150-199 directly employed staff can receive up to £20,000
  • Employers with 200-249 directly employed staff can receive up to £25,000

Further details are available on the ARCA website

ARCA resumes unannounced site audits of members

With some COVID 19 restrictions being eased the construction industry and others are starting to get back to work, including the Association’s members.

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ARCA has therefore reviewed its operations, with the primary concern being the health of staff, and decided to resume auditing members performance on asbestos removal sites, from Monday 1st June 2020.

 

“I know many of our members have continued to work during the COVID 19 situation, and in many cases they have been supporting frontline and other key worker organisations including the NHS. Now as the whole construction industry, which includes asbestos removal, starts to get back to work, we believe it is the right time for us to resume site audits. Of course, the health and safety of our auditors is paramount,” commented Steve Sadley, Chief Executive of ARCA.

Information on ARCA site audits can be found on the ARCA website

ARCA Offers Members FREE COVID-19 & RPE Training

ARCA is pleased to announce a series of free training webinars in June. 

As well as ARCA’s popular RPE Daily Inspection and Care webinar, a COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Procedure webinar is now available. 

These are to assist members by providing the latest information with regards to working safely during COVID-19. In addition, these free webinars are available to asbestos operative agency workers who are on the books of ARCA Labour Agency members, and also registered and active on the ARCA Asbestos Labour Feedback App (ALFA). 

Please note that each RPE Daily Inspection and Care webinar is specific to a particular model of full face RPE, with each webinar covering the inspection and care of the Sundstrom SR 100 half face mask.  Therefore, please attend the webinar which is appropriate to the RPE you use on a day to day basis.

Also please note:

  • This training can be delivered to any staff who are currently ‘furloughed’, as the Government have confirmed that ‘furloughed’ employees are permitted to undergo training without breaching the furlough rules.
  • All attendees will be sent an attendance certificate provided they return the course feedback form which will be available once the training course is complete.
  • Attendees will need access to a device capable of running the zoom app* and must also have an email address to which the invitation can be sent.  The attendee’s individual email address must be entered into the registration form when making the booking.

The programme of free webinars is as follows. 

To obtain further details and to book places for your staff please follow the appropriate link.

  • COVID-19 Risk Assessment and Procedures

    3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 10th, 11th & 12th June 2020, 10.00am (2 hours) book here

  • RPE Daily Inspection and Care – Sabre Phantom

    15th & 29th June 2020, 09.30am (1½  hours) book here

  • RPE Daily Inspection and Care – Phantom Vision

    15th & 29th June 2020, 12:00pm (1½  hours) book here 

  • RPE Daily Inspection and Care – Vision 2 and Gemini both with Proflow

    16th & 30th June 2020, 09.30am  (1½  hours) book here 

  • RPE Daily Inspection and Care – Shigematsu

    16th & 30th June 2020, 12.00pm (1½  hours) book here 

 

*A PC running Windows or MAC OS, an iPad or Android tablet, or an iPhone or Android phone are the most common devices used, although there are others which may be able to run the Zoom app. 

ARCA provides remote training during COVID-19 pandemic

During this challenging time ARCA has identified priority training to support members which are available via remote learning.

To ensure there is a skilled and competent workforce throughout the current pandemic, ARCA has made available the Operative Refresher and Supervisor Refresher, as well as the Licensed Contract Manager Update.

The full training programme is delivered, without the practical element, so fully in line with the requirements of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.

Also, to support members during this unprecedented time, the price for these remote courses has been reduced to £60 + VAT per person, and for non-members £90 + VAT per person.

Please note that a completed booking form will be required, and each candidate will require a unique email address and have access to a device capable to running the zoom app.

The next remote training sessions to be held are:

  • Operative Refresher on Wednesday 3rd June … details are available here
  • Supervisor Refresher on Thursday 4th June … details are available here 
  • Licensed Contract Manager Update on Friday 29th May and Friday 5th June … details are available here 

Further details on all remote training is available here

Supporting employees during COVID 19

As more employees face the challenges of remote working during COVID 19, it is important to keep in touch with colleagues and support one another.

Mates in Mind has produced a checklist for organisations and individuals, in order to help them protect their mental health and well-being.

The checklists can be found here.